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NEWS

9 JUNE 2018

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GS III: DEFENCE

Jaguar develops snag while landing

2.

GS II: SOCIAL – PUBLIC PROTEST

Same gun killed Gauri, Kalburgi: forensic report

3.

GS III: ENVIRONMENT – POLLUTION

‘Uranium contamination in Rajasthan groundwater’

4.

GS II: POLITY – JUDICIARY

SC wants panel to monitor shrines

5.

GS II: POLITY – ELECTIONS

‘Excessive illumination caused VVPAT snags’

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GS II: MULTILATERAL

Trump calls for Russia to be readmitted into the G7 bloc

7.

GS II: INTERNATIONAL ORGANISATION – U.N.

Indonesia wins UNSC vote

8.

GS III: ECONOMY – BANKING

Panel to mull ARC for stressed assets

9.

GS II: BILATERAL – INDIA-USA

‘Harley Davidson tariff to be among issues on table during Indo-U.S. talks’

10.

GS III: ECONOMY – GST

‘GST Council meet may take up inclusion of natural gas’

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GS III: ECONOMY – POLICY

More than 2.25 lakh shell firms may be struck off from the register of companies

GS III: DEFENCE

Jaguar develops snag while landing

  • Within 72 hours of the Indian Air Force losing one of its senior most active pilots in a Jaguar crash, another Jaguar fighter met with an accident.
  • A court of inquiry has been ordered to ascertain the cause of the incident.
  • The IAF has a fleet of about 120 Jaguar deep penetration strike fighters – they also carry nuclear weapons – which are being upgraded with new avionics and sensors to keep them flying for another two decades.
  • A long pending proposal to get a new, more powerful engine on the jets is in its final stages. The Jaguars are expected to remain in service till 2025-30.
  • In a July 2017 report presented in Parliament, the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) observed that some Jaguars were still flying without auto-pilot, 20 years after the project was conceived.

GS II: SOCIAL – PUBLIC PROTEST

Same gun killed Gauri, Kalburgi: forensic report

  • The same gun was used to kill journalist-activist Gauri Lankesh and rationalist M.M. Kalburgi in Karnataka, the State forensic science laboratory has confirmed in a report.
  • This is the first official confirmation of the link between the two killings, which happened in a gap of two years.
  • Kalburgi (77) was shot dead in his house on August 30, 2015, in Dharwad and 55-year-old Lankesh on September 5, 2017 in Bengaluru.
  • The SIT members had earlier talked about the same-gun theory, but this is the first time it has come out in the open to confirm Kalburgi’s and Gauri’s murders were the handiwork of the same gang.
  • Gauri Lankesh, who was known for her strong anti-Hindutva stand, was shot dead in front of her house, triggering a nationwide outrage.
  • The SIT formed to investigate her murder has formally arrested one of the accused Naveen Kumar
  • Four more persons have been arrested for allegedly plotting to kill another rationalist and writer K.S. Bhagawan, also a strong critic of Hindutva.

GS III: ENVIRONMENT – POLLUTION

‘Uranium contamination in Rajasthan groundwater’

  • Many parts of Rajasthan may have high uranium levels in their groundwater, according to a study by researchers at the Duke University in North Carolina, United States, and the Central Groundwater Board of India.
  • The main source of uranium contamination was “natural,” but human factors such as groundwater table decline and nitrate pollution could be worsening the problem.
  • Nearly a third of all water wells we tested in one State, Rajasthan, contained uranium levels that exceed the World Health Organization (WHO) and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) safe drinking water standards
  • The WHO has set a provisional safe drinking water standard of 30 micrograms of uranium per litre, a level that isconsistent with the U.S. EPA standards.
  • Despite this, uranium is not yet included in the list of contaminants monitored under the Bureau of Indian Standards’ Drinking Water Specifications.

GS II: POLITY – JUDICIARY

SC wants panel to monitor shrines

  • The Supreme Court directed the Centre to form an independent committee to review whether the “management practices” of shrines across the country are visitor-friendly.
  • It also ordered a judicial enquiry into allegations of rampant fleecing and exploitation of worshippers by staffers and sevaks at the Puri Jagannath Temple in Odisha.
  • The court told the Centre that it wanted the panel to “collect information” on shrines across the country so that their management practices could be reviewed for the “benefit of all visitors.”
  • “There is no doubt that proper management of pilgrimage centres of great importance is a matter of public interest.These centres are of undoubted religious, social, historical and architectural importance, representing the cultural heritage of our country,” the court’s Vacation Bench of Justices A.K. Goel and Ashok Bhushan observed in its five-page order.
  • As for the Puri Temple, the court ordered the Odisha government to constitute a committee to study the “management schemes” of various other important shrines such as Vaishno Devi temple, Somnath temple, Golden Temple and Tirupati Temple and suggest changes. It must file an interim report by June 30.
  • The order is based on a PIL filed by Mrinalini Padhi, who highlighted the difficulties faced by visitors to Shri Jagannath Temple and their harassment by the sevaks.

GS II: POLITY – ELECTIONS

‘Excessive illumination caused VVPAT snags’

  • Preliminary reports on the malfunction of VVPATs during the Kairana and the Bhandara-Gondia Lok Sabha bypolls have blamed it on excessive exposure of the machines to illumination at polling stations.
  • The Election Commission has, therefore, asked the manufacturers and the Technical Expert Committee (TEC) to suggest additional design improvements.
  • It has also accepted the hardware improvement as recommended by the TEC to prevent the auto shutdown of VVPATs due to excessive light.
  • The EC had deputed two special teams to determine the causes of VVPAT failures. The preliminary fact-finding reports have indicated that there were two major technical reasons: failure of contrast sensor and length sensor.

GS II: MULTILATERAL

Trump calls for Russia to be readmitted into the G7 bloc

  • U.S. President Donald Trump made a shock call for Russia to be readmitted into the G7 as he headed for a showdown with America’s closest allies at G7 summit in Quebec, Canada, set to be dominated by a roiling trade dispute.
  • Russia was expelled from the group of the world’s most industrialised nations after annexing Crimea.
  • Three decades after the end of the Cold War, the G7 nations are split over trade, climate and multilateral engagements such as the Iran nuclear deal.

GS II: INTERNATIONAL ORGANISATION – U.N.

Indonesia wins UNSC vote

  • The Maldives failed to get elected to the UN Security Council as a non-permanent member.
  • Maldives and Indonesia had contested for a seat in the UNSC.
  • Indonesia won the seat after securing 144 votes against 46 for the Maldives.
  • In the election, 190 members participated, and the winning members had to get more than two-thirds majority or 127 votes.
  • Indonesia is likely to take up the seat on January 1, 2019 with other newly elected non-permanent members – Germany, Belgium, Dominican Republic and South Africa.
  • India’s relation with the Maldives has nosedived in recent months with New Delhi expressing dissatisfaction on the law and order situation as well as on the imposition of a state of emergency by the Abdullah Yameen government.

GS III: ECONOMY – BANKING

Panel to mull ARC for stressed assets

  • The finance ministry has set up a committee to examine the possibility of setting up an asset reconstruction company or an asset management company to fast track resolution of stressed assets.
  • Punjab National Bank’s non executive chairman Sunil Mehta will be heading the panel.
  • The committee will submit its report in two weeks.
  • The finance minister also said all vacant executive positions in public sector banks would be filled up in one month.
  • At least five state-run banks do not have a chief executive, and several executive directors’ positions are also vacant. Some more vacancies are expected to arise in the coming months.

GS II: BILATERAL – INDIA-USA

‘Harley Davidson tariff to be among issues on table during Indo-U.S. talks’

  • The U.S. demand to reduce import tariffs on American Harley Davidson motorcycles will be among a series of trade disputes on the table and India will respond “appropriately” during the talks between Commerce Minister Suresh Prabhu and his counterpart, U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer, in Washington.
  • The talks come on the back of several measures taken by the U.S. on its trade policy that have affected India, including imposing 25% tariffs on steel and aluminum imports, restrictions on H1B visas and the cancellation of spouse visas as well as taking to the WTO disputes over Indian barriers on poultry and pork and price caps on medical devices.
  • U.S. officials had not given any commitment on renewing India’s “eligibility” for the generalised system of preferences (GSP) that gives market access at low or zero duties for about 3,500 Indian products, including chemicals and textiles.
  • Meanwhile, US President Trump’s public demand for zero tariffs for the Harley Davidsons in reciprocity for U.S. tariffs on Indian motorcycles could become a big point of contention during the talks as well.

GS III: ECONOMY – GST

‘GST Council meet may take up inclusion of natural gas’

  • The Goods and Services Tax Council is likely to take up the possible inclusion of natural gas in the indirect tax regime during its next meeting, according to a senior official in the Council.
  • Currently, petroleum crude, motor spirit (petrol), high speed diesel, natural gas, and ATF have been kept out of GST.

GS III: ECONOMY – POLICY

More than 2.25 lakh shell firms may be struck off from the register of companies

  • The Centre said it has identified 2,25,910 companies whose names are to be struck off from the register of companies during the current financial year 2018-19.
  • This comes on the top of the removal of 2,26,166 companies from the register during the previous financial year.
  • The Task Force on Shell Companies had so far confirmed a total of 16,537 shell companies on the basis of the information received from the various law enforcement agencies, according to the Centre.
  • It had also narrowed down a list of 16,739 companies identified on the basis of having 100% common directorships with the confirmed shell companies.

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